Delicious: Tourteau Fromagé – Poitou-Charentes speciality

This is one of my favourite gifts to bring home from CRT Poitou-Charentes – it’s guaranteed to cause a stir due to its unusual appearance – as you can see by the photo!

It’s called a Tourteau Fromagé – a traditional light yellow spongy cake made from goat’s cheese, eggs, flour and sugar – a blackened top which you either eat or not (depending on your preference) with a thin layer of pastry underneath.  It was created, so the legend goes, in the 19th century when the cake was accidentally burnt.  The burning of the top to a charcoal consistency – now obtained by baking it in a very hot oven before lowering the temperature for the rest of the baking time – helped preserve the freshness of the sponge inside.  And so a legend was born.

It’s definitely a talking point with friends when you bring it home.  You can generally find them in the markets in Poitou-Charentes – this one came from La Flotte on the Ile de Ré. Try it – you won’t regret it – this one lasted precisely two minutes once offered to the staff here in the office!

Contributor:  Sue Lowry

CRT Poitou-Charentes is a client of Magellan PR.  Follow @VisitPCharentes or view for more information.  Magellan PR’s own twitter feed is @MagellanPR.


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